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Opinion: Chiefs to reconsider stance on star forward?

Kaizer Chiefs could reconsider their reported stance on their star forward Samir Nurkovic

Nurkovic has been out with a long-term knee injury since the early stages of the season but he's nearing a return to action after undergoing successful operation and rehabilitation. 

The Serbian striker could be back in action for Chiefs when the league resumes in February, after assistant coach Arthur Zwane confirmed that he's coming good at training. 

"It hasn’t been easy, obviously. Because we come back from a situation, and yes, getting about 10 to 12 days of rest, spending some time with our families gave us the opportunity, obviously to reflect and coming back now this year, and also second round of the PSL league games, is going to be demanding," Zwane told the media following their Nedbank Cup last 32 draw, which pitted them against TS Galaxy. 

“I think now six days of training and the boys they look not bad, they look good, and even those who are coming from injuries, like Samir, he is coming up well," he said.

“And we also have (coming from) a long, long layoff injury, Lebo also, he looks good.

“And ja. from the sessions, the boys have responded very positively, and we’re looking forward to the game. And obviously we’re gonna be in camp for about 12 days, so ja, we’ll take it from there."

However, Nurkovic's contract is reportedly coming to an end in six months' time and although Amakhosi have an option to extend for a further year, they were reportedly undecided, on whether to exercise that option or not and were open to transfer bids.

The Serbian has not been the same player since setting the league alight in his debut season at Amakhosi. But there could have been an indication that the Naturena-based side may be left with no choice but to exercise that one year option. 

It looks like striker Bernard Parker has come to an end of his journey as a player at Chiefs after his agent Mike Makaab confirmed that they haven't had discussions with the club management for a new deal, as the veteran forward's contract is expiring in June.

"We are not talking to Chiefs about Bernard’s contract which is ending at the end of the season. He is no longer a young player,” Makaab told Goal.

"Other than that he is a good man, well educated. He understands that there is life after football. Bernard wishes to work for Chiefs in any capacity,” explained Makaab.

If Amakhosi don't renew Parker's contract, it's likely they will exercise one year option on Nurkovic's contract, as that would leave them thin upfront and perhaps close the door on a potential transfer. 

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